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the Panthers still looking stagnant at times on offense 鈥

in Residenz des Hokage 02.12.2019 07:17
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Aaron Rodgers is good at throwing the football Derrick Thomas Jersey , but we knew that already.His ability to make plays with his feet — and running back Aaron Jones‘ ability to catch big plays — became a key Sunday night, as they led the Packers to a 31-24 win over the Chiefs.With the Chiefs trying to keep Rodgers under pressure by blitzing often, Rodgers was able to keep the Chiefs off-balance with a few nice scrambles, allowing him to do what he does best.And when he can keep a defense guessing, he can do what he does best. A pair of runs (for 15 and 9 yards) came on the fourth-quarter possession when he threw one of his prettiest passes, which went on the stat sheet as a 3-yard touchdown to Jamaal Williams.But that required Rodgers evading a rush, running backward, and dropping the ball in the bucket as he was going down from about 28 yards away from Williams in the back of the end zone.He could only grin when he got to the sidelines, after making one of the throws that few can.Here are five more things we learned during :1. The other thing Rodgers is really good at is recognizing a mismatch.When the Chiefs tried to cover Jones with a linebacker, Rodgers made them pay.In the fourth quarter, Jones turned a quick pass into a 67-yard touchdown, using his speed to turn a routine play into a big one.Jones and running Jamaal Williams each had a pair of touchdowns (two receiving for Jones, one rushing and one receiving for Williams), providing the kind of complement the Packers desperately need while they’re without Davante Adams.Jones finished with 159 receiving yards Christian Okoye Jersey , including a 50-yarder in the first half which appeared to be a touchdown before he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds. He also ran for 67 yards.2. Chiefs quarterback Matt Moore‘s not one to be awed by being thrown into situations he wasn’t expecting.The veteran backup has stepped in as a starter before, and has even done so on .In 2009 when he was with the Panthers, he led them to a win over the Brett Favre-led Vikings, throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns.Sunday, he was 24-of-36 for 267 yards and two touchdowns, a creditable performance and the kind that would beat many teams.3. The Chiefs punted it to the Packers with five minutes and 13 seconds left, on fourth-and-3 from their own 40, down by a touchdown.They didn’t get the ball back.It was a curiously conservative call for a team that was missing three starters on defense.Playing without defensive ends Chris Jones and Frank Clark and cornerback Kendall Fuller, the Chiefs didn’t have the manpower to play the Packers straight-up, but with the game on the line, the Chiefs asked the leftovers to get the ball away from Rodgers.They did not.4. With or without the injured Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs have plenty of guys who can make plays.Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce continues to make plays at a ridiculous rate.He topped the 450-reception mark in the first half, in his 88th game.That made him the fastest tight end to reach that mark in league history. The previous record was Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, who got to 450 in his 89th game.Winslow Marcus Allen Jersey , however, either couldn’t or didn’t dance like Kelce, who celebrated in style after Moore found him for a 29-yard touchdown in the first half.5. The Packers have two more games before their bye (against the Chargers and Panthers), but they could use a week off.In addition to missing Adams, they were without a number of key parts with injuries during the game.At one point, Jones was questionable to return with a shoulder injury, but he returned. Outside linebackers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith each left briefly but returned. Tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga each took turns receiving medical attention on the sidelines.They’re 7-1 and feeling pretty good about that, but clearly they’ll be feeling sore in the morning. Cam Newton and the Panthers are proving they can win without throwing the ball deep down the field.The 2015 league MVP has attempted 16 passes 鈥?and completed just three 鈥?that have travelled longer than 20 yards in the air this season, according the NFL's Next Gen stats. That's far fewer than most other NFL quarterbacks. Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes, for instance, has completed 17 of 42 passes beyond 20 yards, with eight of those going for touchdowns.Newton said the lack of vertical passing game isn't something he's concerned with entering Sunday's home game against the Ravens (4-3), especially with his team 4-2 this season."When you are moving the ball, people say why aren't you taking many shots downfield?" Newton said. "When you take too many shots downfield and it's not there and you start forcing the ball Larry Johnson Jersey , they say why can't you protect the ball? So our thing is we turn our ears to mute and take what the defense is giving us. When we have opportunities to take shots down the field trust and believe nobody loves touchdowns more than I do 鈥?and if it's there I'm going to take it."Added Newton: "If not, you just live to fight another day."Coach Ron Rivera likes that approach, saying he is just fine with how Newton is playing. Newton has completed 11 touchdown passes this season and has four interceptions and has a solid 94.7 QB rating."I think the quarterback is very efficient with (the ball) right now," Rivera said. "There's no reason to panic."The formula seems to be working for the Panthers, who are winning games behind Newton's heroics.Three weeks ago against the Giants the eighth-year QB rallied Carolina back in the final seconds, leading a drive that set up Graham Gano's winning 63-yard field goal. This past Sunday Newton brought the Panthers back from a 17-0 deficit on the road against the Super Bowl champion Eagles with three TD drives to finish the game, earning him his 10th career NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor on Wednesday.Rivera said when the game is on the line Newton has the same mentality as Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion who many still consider the best basketball player of all time."He'll come up and say, 'Put it in my hands, coach. Trust me,'" Rivera said of Newton. "Michael Jordan used to say, 'Certain guys want the ball when it's crunch time. Other guys just don't seem to come off the picks the way they're supposed to.' I've told that to Cam, and Cam has always wanted the ball."Although the Panthers still looking stagnant at times on offense 鈥?including the first three quarters against the Eagles when they managed just seven first downs and no points 鈥?Newton seems adjusting well to new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's scheme, which features more check downs and screen plays than the Panthers have typically run in the past."When we get into the logistic things of football Joe Montana Jersey , and what the defense is giving and what they aren't, you can't just go down and chuck the football downfield and just expect, 'Well, we didn't take shots in the game,'" Newton said. "That's not what good teams or offenses do. We don't let the defense dictate to us, we dictate to the defense. So that's been our approach."With the emphasis focused on shorter routes, Newton is completing a career-high 65.6 percent of his passes, well above his career average of 58.9 percent.So while Newton says he likes the big play as much as anyone, he seems fine with Turner's philosophy 鈥?as long as the Panthers are winning games."Whatever Norv and his offensive staff calls it's my job as the quarterback to execute it," Newton said. "If I see anything otherwise, it's my job to make the proper audible. If not, then run the play."

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